Rivers and beaches

Hutt River Toxic Algae Warning

Swimmers and people with dogs are still encouraged to stay out of water in the Hutt River near Siverstream, from Moonshine Bridge to upstream of Taita Rock, where there is a red warning in place. There are also amber warnings at 3 more sites in the area: Pakuratahi River Forks at Kaitoke, Hutt River at Birchville, Hutt River at Poets Park. Toxic algae can make people sick and is deadly to dogs. If you have been in contact with toxic algae and are feeling unwell see your doctor or ring Healthline 0800 611 116. If you think your dog has swallowed toxic algae, take it to the nearest vet immediately. You can check for updates on these sites on the LAWA website. For more info on how to spot toxic algae, head to the Greater Wellington website. These sites are being monitored weekly.